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Moon+ Reader for #Android – Your #ebook #reader for best experience on #dellstreak

Posted by Sanjay on January 25, 2011

I love reading books and since my phone is always with me I prefer reading on it rather than carrying a dedicated ebook reader such as a nook or kindle. I have a Dell Streak which has a 5″ inch screen so that really helps.

I have tried a lot of ebook readers on android – kindle, aldiko, fbreader, kobo and a few others. Each has its own sets of features and problems. Let me not go into those.

I have finally settled on Moon+ reader. The best thing I like about it is that it can read a wide variety of formats. The most common ones that I use regularly are TXT, HTML and EPUB. Not many of the readers that I have mentioned above can do all formats. I have a pre-existing collection of ebooks so I dont really download much directly from the internet book stores.

Moon+ reader is fast, it does not consume much resources and its user interface while reading is really good. It can be customized a lot and it also has an option to enable page-turning animations the kind that you get in the iphone stanza app. I have not seen these animations in any other android ebook reader app that I have used so far. The other good thing about this app is that you could start reading directly from a file; you do not have to import books from a particular location on your sd card to be able to read. I find this important because importing books into particular apps tends to create duplication of files and an unnecessary waste of resources. It has all the standard features which are available in ebook reader apps.

So I recommend that you try this one if you like reading books and if you have a android handset with a decent amount of screen real estate. I’m sure you’ll enjoy it.

�Your finger reader for fantastic reading experience in android. �






Powerful controls & full functions:



Read tens of thousands of books for free, supports multiple online book sites.

Read local books for nice experience with real-time smooth scroll and tons of innovation functions.


Supports txt, html, epub, fb2, umd and zip files.

Full visual options: line space, font scale, shadow, alignment, alpha colors, fading edge and more.

10+ themes embedded, includes Day & Night mode switcher.

Various types of paging: touch screen, volume keys or even camera, search or back keys.

21 customized operations (screen click, swipe gesture, hardware keys), apply to 15 customized events: search, bookmark, themes, navigation, font size and more.

5�auto-scroll modes: rolling blind mode; by pixel, by line or by page. Real-time speed control.

Adjust the brightness by sliding your finger along the left edge of the screen.

Intelligent paragraph; trim unwanted blank spaces options.

“Keep your eyes health” options for long-time reading.

Real page turning effect.

My Bookshelf design: Favorites, Downloads, Authors, Tags; self bookcover, search, import supported.

Highlight, Annotation, Dictionary, Share functions.

Additional features include:

Analyze chapters list automatically

Mini reading status bar.

Management for reading history, bookmarks, notes and highlights.

Support outside font types.

Support outside background images.

Keep screen awake on reading.

Switch full screen mode.

4 flip animations.

Indent paragraph, trim blank spaces.

Supports file types: txt, html, epub, fb2, umd, zip and OPDS.

Download & Enjoy Moon+ Reader now, any suggestions or comments are welcome!


Download URL: http://www.moondownload.com/download/zthMoonReader.zip

Contact:� seanyword @ gmail.com

via Moon+ Reader for Android – Your finger reader for best experience in Android.

Posted in android, apps, Dell Streak, ebook reader, EPUB, free, fun, moon+ reader, page animation, smartphone | 1 Comment »

ICICI Bank launches #Android application ‘iMobile’ | AndroidOS.in

Posted by Sanjay on January 25, 2011

I have an ICICI account and was really disappointed that the application was available for iphone and symbian but not for android. Well, ICICI has finally released one for android. I have downloaded and used it and it seems to be pretty good. It can only be used from your registered mobile number and you have to register for mobile banking prior to activating it from your mobile phone. There are a number of security levels in the application which renders it quite safe for most users. If you have an ICICI bank account and a GPRS enabled Android handset I recommend that you try this out.

ICICI Bank finally introduced an application for Android phones users. Dubbed same as other platforms “IMobile”, the application is now available for free in Android Market. However, you will be needed to register for bank’s mobile banking service to use the application. More details on registration here.

Application allows you to check bank account/credit card details, make bill payments, do fund transfers and more. To download the application, search for iMobile in Android Market now.

via ICICI Bank launches Android application ‘iMobile’ | AndroidOS.in.

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Motorola Apologizes For PR Gaffe, Promises Better Bootloader Policy | #Android Phone Fans

Posted by Sanjay on January 20, 2011

The reason I have not bought a Motorola android handset till date is because  the good handsets came with locked bootloaders which made the task of implementing custom ROMs very difficult. I liked the milestone a lot and it was the best in its class when it was launched but the locked bootloader was something I couldn’t tolerate. Fast forward, the milestone can now run custom ROMs but it took a lot of time and effort from the dev community before this happened.

The article here has demonstrated the influence of community development where a company like motorola has had to apologize for a comment made by one of its employees. Kudos to Motorola. Maybe SE can learn something here as the Xperia X10 debacle has left a lot of die hard SE fans feeling hurt and ignored.

Despite Motorola continually making some of the hottest Android handsets – and the pattern continues with the Atrix – some of the most passionate Android fans refuse to become customers because of a “locked bootloader”. Manufacturers locking their bootloader essentially prevents rooting, and when one YouTuber expressed their displeasure, a MOTO employee uncharacteristically shot back, saying:

if you want to do custom roms, then buy elsewhere, we’ll continue with our strategy that is working thanks.

As you can expect, this wasn’t exactly well received by the general Android-loving public. However, the haste of one employee isn’t reflective of a company and Motorola has promptly attempted to patch the problem on Facebook:

Props to the way Motorola is handling the ordeal. They could have just deleted the comments and pretend it never happened. Nope. They manned up and posted an apology. Not only that, but they also announced they’re working on a solution to bootloader annoyances that irritate so many ROM devs and rooters.

Hopefully they follow through on that last tidbit, but until then, nice job turning it around. How do you think this will play out? Just lip service to make your forget their foul-up or will they follow through on the bootloader business?

via Motorola Apologizes For PR Gaffe, Promises Better Bootloader Policy | Android Phone Fans.

Posted in android, bootloader, community, custom ROM, Milestone, Motorola, open source, smartphone, Sony Ericsson, Xperia | Leave a Comment »

I won’t buy another #android phone (or tablet) until #Honeycomb, neither should you >> Androidspin

Posted by Sanjay on January 13, 2011



Saw this article on Androidspin and I agree with it. Gingerbread was mostly a cosmetic upgrade for android to bring it closer to iOS in terms of eye-candy and presentation. The new copy-paste feature is the only one which stands out in this version. Honeycomb on the other hand is a completely different animal – designed for tablets. I’m waiting for it very eagerly. I have put off purchasing an android tablet beacuse my Dell Streak is more than enough for my needs but the temptation of a gingerbread tablet is something I might find very difficult to resist.

My friends, I have seen the beauty of Honeycomb (Android 3.0) and now there is nothing on the market today or in the next couple of months that can convince me to buy anything before the release of 3.0.  It is a smart and sexy design – this Honeycomb.



I have been lusting for Gingerbread for a long time.  I could not wait, I had to have it.  I installed it on my Evo 4G as soon as there was a half-baked rom available.  Well, that love has been destroyed.  Every version of Android that has been released to this point has left me wanting just a little bit more.  I’ve wanted a more attractive UI.  A refresh that sets Android so far apart from the competition that all the competition could do was scratch their heads and say, “What now?”



Honeycomb does it for me.  And as we have learned, Honeycomb is not just for tablets. If you haven’t watched the interview Engadget did with Matias Duarte, Android’s Director of User Experience, go watch it here (just a warning, this is a 25 minute interview).  If you want to skip ahead to verify my claim of not being just for tablets, skip ahead to roughly 10:15 in the video.



While at CES there were two phones that just blew me away….I even contemplated switching from Sprint to AT&T just to get my hands on the Atrix 4G.  The LG Optimus 2X is also incredibly desirable to me.  Neither phone came with 2.3 installed (although LG may very well end up getting 2.3 installed quickly).  The Atrix 4G on the other hand will most likely be stuck at Android 2.2 for a while.  I am not going to go off on Motorola for this.  Seeing as they have added the Webtop environment to the Atrix (enabling the laptop feature to work well) it would be foolish of us to believe that Motorola will be updating quickly.  *I would love to be wrong about this, and maybe with their early access to Honeycomb they will surprise us all.* It’s just a fact of life, any addition to the Android OS – Blur, Sense, TouchWiz, etc leads to extended wait times for updates to the newest version.  The Webtop environment will most likely cause delays as well.


This is the reason that I have chosen to not purchase another phone and certainly not allow myself to fall victim of the $299.00 Galaxy Tabs temptation.   T-Mobile shared this video with the world on youtube.  This is what I have been waiting for.  I have lost my love for Froyo and Gingerbread, my next phone/tablet must be Honeycomb.  Below is a video that T-Mobile posted showing off the LG G-Slate which we covered yesterday.

via AndroidSPIN » I won’t buy another phone (or tablet) until Honeycomb, neither should you.

Posted in android, apple, gingerbread, honeycomb, smartphone, tablet | 2 Comments »

Finally #Android beats iPhone in number of total users for first time | Smartphone Reviewers

Posted by Sanjay on January 7, 2011

I knew this would happen. The fact that it has happened so soon is awesome..

The numbers are in and for the first time the Android OS and its universe of devices has beat the iPhone in total number of users. The stats come courtesy of comScore MobiLens. According to the company, Android had 26% of users for the month of November.

During the same month, the iPhone had 25% of users. RIM was still at the top of the list with 33.5% of all users, but their numbers are declining with a 4.1 point change from August of 2010.

While RIM is seeing user numbers decline, the Android OS has seen numbers grow by 6.4 points since August. Apple’s growth is much slower than Android at 0.8 point. Microsoft has 9% of the users and Palm had 3.9% for November.

via Android beats iPhone in number of total users for first time | Smartphone Reviewers.

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Sony Ericsson Xperia arc Introduced #android Features Reality Display | Smartphone Reviewers

Posted by Sanjay on January 6, 2011

I for one will not be going for SE 


Android phones. Had a very bad experience with the Xperia X10 with regards to OS upgrades and the fact that the bootloader is locked so you cant upgrade the OS on your own even if you want to.

The Xperia arc will be featured with Sony’s 2.3 Xperia Technology interface skinned atop Android 2.3 Gingerbread when released. It is just 8.7mm at its thinnest point -one of the arc’s more appealing features. It hosts a 4.2in touchscreen and will be powered by a 1Ghz Qualcomm processor.

This phone will debut globally in two select colors, either Midnight Blue or Misty Silver. For its camera, the Xperia arc will have an 8.1MP on the back, featuring Sony’s Exmor R photo-enhancing technology. The device will launch in the first quarter of 2011, but no exact date has been worked out yet. Pricing hasn’t been released yet, either. Check out the full press release below for more information.

via Sony Ericsson Xperia arc Introduced at CES 2011, Features Reality Display | Smartphone Reviewers.

Sony Ericsson Xperia™ arc at a glance


8.1 megapixel camera
Up to 2.46x smart zoom
Aperture f/2.4
Auto focus
Face detection
Geo tagging
Image stabilizer
Noise suppression
Send to web
Smile detection
Sony Exmor R™ for mobile CMOS sensor
Touch Focus
Touch capture
Video light
Video recording, HD 720p

Album art
Bluetooth™ stereo (A2DP)
Media player
Music tones (MP3/AAC)
PlayNow™ service*
TrackID™ music recognition application
* This service may not be available in every market

Google™ search
NeoReader™ barcode scanner
Pan & zoom
Web browser (WebKit)

Call list
Conference calls
Facebook™ application*
Sony Ericsson Timescape™
Vibrating alert
* This service may not be available in every market

Microsoft® Exchange ActiveSync®
Instant messaging
Picture messaging (MMS)
Predictive text input
Sound recorder
Text messaging (SMS)

Auto rotate
Keyboards (onscreen, QWERTY)
Picture wallpaper
Reality display
Sony Mobile BRAVIA® Engine
Wallpaper animation
* This service may not be available in every market

3D games
Media browser
Motion gaming
Radio (FM)
Video streaming
Video viewing
YouTube™ *

Android™ OS
Alarm clock
Document readers
Flight mode
Infinite button
Phone book

3.5 mm audio jack
Bluetooth™ technology
Google Maps™
USB mass storage
USB support
Wisepilot™ turn-by-turn navigation *
* This service may not be available in every market
Google™ services*
* These services may not be available in every market

Android Market™ Client
Google Calendar™
Google Gallery 3D™
Google Latitude™
Google Maps™ with Street View
Google Media Uploader
Google Music Player™
Google Phone-top Search
Google Search widget
Google Sync™
Google Talk™
Google Voice Search
Set-up Wizard

Sony Mobile Bravia Engine
16,777,216 colour TFT
Capacitive multi-touch
4.2 inches
854 x 480 pixels (FWVGA)
Shatter proof sheet on scratch-resistant mineral glass

Sony Ericsson Xperia™ arc
Battery (1500mAh)
Stereo portable handsfree
Micro USB cable for charging, synchronisation and file transfer
User documentation

Size: 125 x 63 x 8.7 mm
Weight: 117 grams
Phone memory: Up to 512 MB
Memory card support: up to 32 GB
Memory card included: microSD™ 8 GB
Operating system: Google™ Android 2.3
Processor: 1 GHz Qualcomm
Availability and versions

UMTS HSPA 900, 2100
GSM GPRS/EDGE 850, 900, 1800, 1900
UMTS HSPA 800, 850, 1900, 2100
GSM GPRS/EDGE 850, 900, 1800, 1900

Midnight Blue
Misty Silver


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#Mystreak Dell Streak 1.6 Keyboard on 2.2 – Android @ MoDaCo

Posted by Sanjay on January 5, 2011

rahulkadukar has posted this at the Dell Streak forum in modaco. For those who prefer the original Dell Streak keyboard here it is. Please click on the source link to download the apk. This is the original post from modaco

This is what I have now got, please bear with me, I am not an expert and can at the most modify the layout of the keyboard. Suggestions are always welcome, I am learning JavaScript, XML and SVG. Then I will make a web page where you can drag and drop and make your own keyboard. I am still learning so expect the final result in around 2 weeks, also my Java is not spectacular so I will keep adding new stuff as and when I learn it

Till then enjoy. The portrait mode is now functioning normally.

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I wanted to add one thing, when you press Shift then you can see the Screen shot shown below and on that if you press ABC then you actually see the same symbols but if you want to change the symbols you can tell me and I will include them, what this basically means is that we can have 3 views. I am currently using only 2 and if someone wants some extra keys we have one whole view

Just added 3rd view

With Shift key pressed

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With Shift Key followed by ABC

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Portrait Mode


Download links

V1 Streak Keyboard 1.6 V1

V2 Streak Keyboard 1.6 V2

V3 Streak Keyboard 1.6 V3

V4 Streak Keyboard 1.6 V4 Latest Version

How to install

1. Install the apk file from above

2. Then go to Settings -> Language & Keyboard settings and enable the keyboard

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3. Then long press any text entry field until this popup appears and select Input Method

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4. Select Streak Keyboard 1.6

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Changes made

1. Added a ? when SHIFT is pressed in place of 0 key. Thanks jeffrey2000 for pointing this out.

2. Added the 3rd view with smileys and top level domains used while browsing the internet.

3. Added the arrow keys, finally got the thing working

4. Keyboard works normally in Portrait mode. Thanks to steflucrene for the tip.

Things to do

1. Make a specific version for the Archos Tablet.

2. Add special keys in a popup on long press.

via Streak 1.6 Keyboard on 2.2 – Android @ MoDaCo.

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Random rant

Posted by Sanjay on December 31, 2010

Was surfing as usual when I can across this comment on an article on techcrunch. Posting this because I feel the same way. Here goes

Quote ”

Google with the introduction of Android has made it possible to commoditize the entire mobile computing arena, by allowing ANY willing CEM to produce mobile computing products, with less R&D cost than than a pure “From the ground up,” device. This theoretical, “Openness”, along with both the hacker and developer communities has given the Android platform the synergy it needs to be a long term product and not just the latest fad toy. The potential ubiquity of a popular “Open,” OS puts no real bounds on the products that can leverage this type of OS. From a consumer prospective, competition is good, and I am beginning to notice that those that have decided to invest in more of the single vendor solution platforms are now seeking more and more reasons to justify that decision.
Elitism needs to be put aside, in this discussion, as there are more expensive (arguably superior), “Open,” products available for the purely eccentric amongst us.

Mobile computing devices are mere electronic tools to, hopefully, make us all more productive. And having the right tool at the right time generally makes the job, that we need to do, go faster and/or smoother. Can one do the same fundamental job with a hand saw and a power saw? Generally, yes. If the hand saw is your tool of choice, so be it. What is most important is that we have what we need to get the job done. If we can look cool doing it or as a result of doing it, so be it!

I spend a lot of time working with people who have iproducts, while they seem to spend a lot of time showing off those iproducts and trying to convince me that those are superior products to what I have. Meanwhile I am getting things done, more quickly and efficiently, than them, which strangely, causes them to feel the need to Quote Mr. Jobs on why the capabilities that I possess are not really needed. I just smile and move on to the next task at hand, while they stare at their oh-so-thin and pretty hardware. And at the end of day or the middle of it in a heavy use day, I turn off my mobile device, and switch out the batteries with the spare that I carry, rather than looking for a power plug or computer USB port to connect to. I love that after lunch you can see all of the iproducts (save the pads) sitting on desks, connected to computers, charging, while their owners are in the same meetings as I. I however can look up pertinent information on demand with just a simple long press and voice request to the smartphone. (Oh the looks I get, when I do that in a big staff meeting!) Priceless! 🙂 I have actually seen people involuntarily put their iproduct into their product back into their pocket, when they noticed all of the Android based devices being put on to the table or bar. Odd that there is a self imposed social stigma that surfaces when one is suddenly an unexpectedly thrust into the minority of a social situation. Gone is the puffed out chest of confidence, when so many around you are all communicating and functioning on a different level. I laugh when those that now are feeling cornered in, suddenly feel the need to express some level of superiority (Class-ism/Elitism, the proverbial what “ONLY they can do,” with their specific device, and the ever present “# Apps in the market”), to maintain that now more elusive self perception!

I digress. I see that “Open,” mobile systems, like Android, are the most likely to be the dominant future mobile computing platforms for a multitude of reasons. This not to say that there are not any viable competitive “Closed,” systems. If you look at the business history of computing, having choices, flexibility, vendor support, consistency, and the proper business tools (software) are key to any large scale adoption, in the business sector. apple knows this and is actively targeting the business sectors, to gain as much market share as possible, but they are lacking in some of the key areas previously mentioned. I believe that they would have more potential for long term market success specifically in the corporate business arena, if they would change some of their fundamental business philosophies. I do not see this happening with Steve Jobs at the helm. From a profit standpoint the current apple business model is working well for them, but is that a sustainable model if your solutions can not become the de-facto standard in any particular technology arena. Cultivating a loyal following is certainly one strategy to lean on, but generally people are fickle creatures. And Needs generally outweigh Likes in the corporate business arena.

/end rant

My mobile device has just told me to get off my soap box now! I had better to what it said, after all, one day it WILL rule the world! 😛

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